Friday, July 11 @ 7:30 PM & Sunday, July 13 @ 12:00 PM
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Friday, July 11 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 13 @ 12:00 PM
Boating Accident: Miami-Dade County Fire Union Responds
A deadly boating accident on the Fourth of July has roused a heated debate amongst Miami-Dade County's Mayor Carlos Gimenez and the county's fire union. There are concerns from the union about the lack of resources, such as fire boats, that could have been used during the search for missing boaters. The union claims that cuts to the budget have kept these boats docked since 2011. But, Mayor Gimenez is blaming the union for not cross-utilizing resources with the fire crew at PortMiami.
Omar Blanco, Metro-Dade Firefighters Local 1403
Miami-Dade Voters Favor Libraries in New Poll
A new poll commissioned by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, shows that county-wide, 80 percent of Miami-Dade voters oppose cuts to the libraries. The majority want the county to find a solution to preserve library funding, with some favoring making cuts from other services without raising property taxes
Lilly Weinberg, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Broward News in Review
Sun-Sentinel columnist Michael Mayo joins Helen on the program to discuss some top stories making news in Broward County:
•New opponents to All Aboard Florida
•Public Defender Howard Finkelstein fires two for social media comments
•Michael Mayo’s essay Driven
Michael Mayo, Sun-Sentinel
Friday, June 13 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, June 15 @ 12:00 PM
Interview with City of Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez
One thing officials seem to agree on is wanting a soccer stadium in Miami, but exactly where in Miami is a different story. The second proposed site at the FEC boat slip "is off the table", according to City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado. Commissioner Francis Suarez joins us on the program to discuss why he feels offended by this decision.
Francis Suarez, City of Miami Commission, District 4
State & Local News of the Week
Our guests join us to discuss some of this week’s local and state political news:
• Governor Rick Scott signs a bill granting in-state tuition for “Dreamers”
• Former Broward Republican Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff is calling for a rematch with Senator
• Redistricting trial
• Equality Florida endorses Charlie Crist for governor
Sean Foreman, Ph.D., Barry University
Charles Zelden, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University
Here are the links to watch Friday's program on uVu.
Friday, June 6 @ 7:30 PM and Sunday, June 8 @ 12:00 PM
ISSUE ONE: Interview with Broward Schools Superintendent Runcie
ISSUE TWO: FWD.us Immigration Reform Event at MDC
INTERVIEW: Joe Green, Founder & President, FWD.us
HIGHLIGHTS: FWD.us Forum on Immigration Reform Panel
***The full unedited panel will be available online early next week
Friday, June 6 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, June 8 @ 12:00 PM
Interview with Broward Schools Superintendent Runcie
The Florida Department of Education is reporting that this year’s FCAT scores show 6,000 students in Miami-Dade and another 4,000 in Broward County failed the reading portion of this soon-to-be defunct assessment test. Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie joins us on the program to discuss these results and why he supports the transition to Common Core.
Robert Runcie, Broward County Public Schools
FWD.us Immigration Reform Event at MDC
Miami Dade College hosted a forum on immigration reform this week. Panelists included Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen as well as local immigration reform advocates. Organized by FWD.us, an advocacy group promoting bipartisan policy agenda, the discussion focused on the economic impact of immigration reform in the U.S. Helen sat down with the group’s founder and president, Joe Green, to discuss why he and his organization feels so strongly about this hotly contested issue.
Joe Green, Founder & President, FWD.us
Rudy Fernandez, Republican Political Strategist
Ray Ruga, CVOX Group
Miami Dade College hosted a forum on immigration reform today at its Wolfson Campus. Organized by FWD.us, the format of this event was a panel discussion on the economic impact of immigration reform in the United States.
Issues host and Chair of the Board of Trustees of MDC, Helen Ferre, moderated the discussion whose participants included members of Congress and immigration reform advocates.
Tune in this Friday, June 6th @ 7:30 PM on WPBT2 to see interviews from panelists and a sit-down interview with Founder & President of FWD.us, Joe Green.
Last week's Issues:
Opposition to Soccer Stadium Plan
There are many who have been vocal about their reservations to a water front location for the proposed soccer stadium. Greg Bush from the Urban Environment League joins us to discuss why he and his group so strongly oppose what they call a “hastily drawn plan”.
Greg Bush, Urban Environment League
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